Southern League attacking trio nominated in the End of Season Awards 2019/20

Southern League forward trio Levi Irving, Sol Wanjau-Smith and James Harding are the latest nominees in the Severn Sport End of Season Awards. 

Yesterday we confirmed the first round of nominees for the GNSL specific categories in the End of Season Awards, which you can view here. 

A reminder that this year we have 13 categories in total and they are as follows (and who has been nominated thus far):

  • Player of the season Ellis Dunton (Fairford Town); Harry Emmett (Longlevens)
  • Young player of the season – Jacob Waddington (Slimbridge u18s/Shortwood United); George Callinan (Slimbridge u18s/Longlevens/Cirencester Town Academy); Niall Priday (Tuffley Rovers/U18s)
  • Breakthrough player of the season – Leighton Tuodolo (Slimbridge/U18s/Hartpury College); Jake Rhodes (Tuffley Rovers)
  • Team of the season – Frampton United
  • Manager of the season – Josh Loveridge (Frampton United); Jody Bevan (Fairford Town); Craig Martin (Longlevens)
  • Game of the season
  • Severn Sport Live player of the season Mark Pritchett (Tuffley Rovers); Ollie Long (Longlevens)
  • Signing of the season Ellis Dunton (Fairford Town)
  • The John Ashplant Local Hero Award
  • Best Social Media Account
  • GNSL Player of the Season – Sam Wines (Lydney Town Reserves); Matthew Butler (Winchcombe Town); Daryl Addis (English Bicknor)
  • GNSL Manager of the Season – Mark Mulraney (Brockworth Albion)
  • GNSL Team of the Season – English Bicknor

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Slimbridge’s Sol Wanjau-Smith is nominated for Signing of the Season after scoring 17 goals for his new side after making the move to Thornhill Park in the summer, whilst Cinderford Town forward James Harding is up for Severn Sport Live Player of the Season for his performances for the Foresters in front of Severn Sport and Cirencester Town hotshot Levi Irving is nominated by both Ryan and Kelsey for Breakthrough Player of the Season.

Ryan had this to say about the latest nominees:

In the summer we saw glimpses of what Wanjau-Smith was all about and it was exciting for Slimbridge. Thankfully he has gone on to show exactly how good he can be and also how important he can be for the Swans! His contribution this season has been one that was needed, especially with Will Hawes heading off to Australia back in October. Sol has stepped up and filled the void and played his part in a great season for Slimbridge. A great marker for next term. 

Irving had to be included in the list of nominees this year after a truly incredible season. When former manager Charlie Griffin left the Corinium Stadium the likes of Alan Griffin departed and striking options seemed limited. So there was a lot of pressure to put on a young pair of shoulders and he has honestly thrived. John Brough has come in and played Irving across the front line and with the likes of Ross Gabriel and Lewis Thompson now in the forward line he has played out wide as well as through the middle – and to be honest, he has risen to the challenge. He is a very exciting prospect for sure! 

When it came to our joint nominee for Severn Sport Live Player both Kelsey and I put forward a Cinderford forward. It was like some sort of mind trick! We were torn between James Harding and Josh Hunt and after much deliberation we went with Harding, just! Paul Michael has a great squad at the Causeway and has a number of great forwards and attacking players and for Kelsey in particular, Harding is the best of the bunch! 

 

The Severn Sport End of Season Awards 2019/20 will be spanned over the Easter Weekend with the winners revealed throughout. Check the website everyday as we continue to reveal and announce the nominees.

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